Rice Dinner Recipes

Rice can be cooked in a variety of ways: baked, stovetop or even by using already cooked rice. Leftover meats or vegetables can be added for a frugal dinner.

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I created this recipe to use up leftovers, as a sort of ratatouille. Well, my family loves it and we try it in different variations. There is never any left over.


  • 2 cups rice (white or brown)
  • 2 Tbsp. chicken soup start (not bouillon)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bag mixed frozen veggies (corn, carrots, beans, Lima beans) not thawed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped small (but not minced)
  • 1/2 or 1 lb. smoked sausage, cut into cubes (polish, kielbasa, or smoked brats)
  • 1/2 stick butter or margarine
  • salt and pepper to taste


Cook rice with soup starter according to package directions. I usually use my rice cooker for this part.

When rice is halfway done, melt butter in large skillet. Add in onion and frozen veggies and saute, stirring frequently. All veggies to begin to caramelize, getting a crispy glaze on one side. Add in sausage just before veggies are done to a crisp-tender stage. This whole process takes no more than 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Add rice into the veggies and sausage mixture and stir well to mix all ingredients. Serve immediately.

For variation, you can add in fresh veggies you may have on hand. I've used cubed zucchini, cubed and peeled eggplant, sliced mushrooms, fresh corn from a cob, etc. You can also add two or three chopped scrambled eggs to enrich the protein in this dish. Add spices to your taste, but go lightly; the flavor is in the veggies and rice. Be creative, use what you have on hand! I do not recommend ever using canned veggies in this recipe, only fresh or frozen. Also, I have tried beef soup starter and it doesn't taste as nice (or look as nice) as the chicken flavor.

Servings: 5-6
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 25 Minutes

By Susabelle from Longmont, CO

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Easy and yummy to make!


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked ham strips
  • 2 Tbsp. salad oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 can onion soup
  • 1 1/2 cups Minute Rice
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. sliced stuffed olives


Saute ham in oil. Blend water and soup; add to meat. Stir in rice. Cover and simmer 5 minutes. Just before serving, stir in chopped parsley and olives. Garnish with olives, if desired.

Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

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Very simple and yummy.

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In a large skillet, saute rice and vermicelli in butter until golden brown. Gradually stir in the water, tomatoes, and contents of the rice seasoning packets. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender.

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February 27, 2005

Cook ham and onion in butter in 10 inch skillet till onion is tender. Drain pineapple and reserve juice.

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January 7, 2014

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